Crime exacts steep social, public and private costs in Latin America and Caribbean: IDB study

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 03:00
Annual costs of crime and violence estimated at $261 billion for region; impacts vary among and within countries Violence and crime impacts much higher than for developed nations Report calculates foregone income of murder victims, imprisoned individuals A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at $261 bill

IDB supports road infrastructure upgrades in Peru

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 03:00
Improving the road linking Huánuco - La Unión - Huallanca will facilitate exports of products from Peru's Sierra and jungle The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $80 million loan to support upgrades, improvement and conservation of the Huánuco - La Unión - Huallanca road, which links productive areas of Peru's sierra and jungle with the country's main foreign trade hubs, including the port of Callao.

Latin American and Caribbean exports will contract around 50 billion dollars in 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 03:00
A new report by the IDB points to a lower rate of export contraction due to the stabilization of commodity prices Latin American and Caribbean exports are expected to fall approximately $50 billion, or 6 percent, in 2016, a lower contraction rate than the 15 percent observed in 2015. This relative improvement was mainly due to a rebound of commodity prices, according to a report conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data for 24 countries in the region. The value of total exports should reach $850 billion in 2016.

Better management of tight budgets could help Latin American and Caribbean governments to raise living standards - OECD/IDB

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 03:00
SANTIAGO, Chile – Governments in Latin America will need to improve public sector management and capacity – including budget allocation – to compensate for the pressure on public finances from sliding commodity prices, according to a new report by the OECD and Inter-American Development Bank covering more than 15 countries in the region.

Better governance and greater integration to determine fate of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 03:00
New Atlantic Council report commissioned by IDB offers contrasting scenarios for crime, democracy, trade and economic growth The Atlantic Council today released "Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios," a report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that looks at how the region's countries could evolve over the next 14 years, underscoring how more integration and better governance hold the key to greater prosperity.

The trade slowdown in Latin America and the Caribbean is more intense than in the rest of the world

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 03:00
South American and Caribbean countries were the most affected. Following two years in a downward trajectory, the value of Latin American exports fell 14.8 percent in 2015, and 8.5 percent in the first seven months of 2016, according to the Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Civil Society Groups and the IDB debate best path for sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 03:00
More than 400 representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private and public sectors meet for two-day forum in the Dominican Republic ***Watch the proceedings via Livestream Nov. 8-9***

Colombia, Peru tied for first place in new report on global financial inclusion

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 03:00
2016 Global Microscope highlights worldwide advances in digital financial services, continuing strength of financial inclusion environment in Latin America and the Caribbean

IDB helps thousands of SMEs from the region to do business with China

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 03:00
3,000 business meetings were held at the China-LAC Business Summit The main goal of the 10th China-LAC Business Summit, recently organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), was to support Latin American and Caribbean small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with expanding their trade ties with China. Through these forums, the Bank has over the years enabled thousands of SMEs to penetrate the Chinese market, promoting knowledge exchange and business making.

Habitat III: Multilateral Development Banks from around the world collaborate to support ‘New Urban Agenda’

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 03:00
QUITO, Ecuador – In support of the ‘New Urban Agenda’ adopted this week during the UN-sponsored global Habitat III conference, eight Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are putting the Agenda’s words into action by issuing a “Joint Statement” expressing their commitment to promote equitable, sustainable, and productive urbanization and urban communities.